Further bovine TB (bTB) measures have recently been announced by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to help strengthen disease control and expand options to tackle new bTB outbreaks.
A new study is to examine the behaviour of Britain's only free-roaming reindeer herd. Scientists are to investigate the ecological role the animals play in the Cairngorms, where the herd has been since 1952. Their work will also inform future sustainable reindeer tourism in the Cairngorms National Park.
GPS collars equipped with cameras will be fitted to some of the reindeer to track their movements.
Not long to go now! Come and meet the BDS team on stand G24.
We will be there to greet you and to talk about our research, training, membership and all manner of deer issues. The head measurers will be with us too - so stop by and say hello.
At its recent AGM held in Edinburgh, the British Deer Society elected Professor Rory Putman as its new Chairman. Professor Putman, who lives in Scotland, has worked for many years as a research biologist, specialising in studies on deer and their impact on their environment and as an independent consultant advising landowners, land managers and Government agencies on deer management. He has worked extensively in the UK and more widely across Europe.
The recent BDS seminars in Edinburgh were voted a great success by those attending. The meeting drew a broad cross section of attendees from the deer industry, academia, statutory bodies and NGOs as well as BDS members.
Speakers covered a broad range of topics, and if you were not able to attend you can view some of the sessions that were live-streamed on the BDS AGM web page.
David Wright from Fieldsports TV also interviewed the outgoing and incoming chairs Profs Michael Thick and Rory Putman and event organiser John Bruce. View the clip here
More information and pictures can be found on the BDS Facebook page here.
David joins the Deer Initiative having spent the last twenty-two years with the Forestry Commission (FC) and latterly Natural Resources Wales (NRW). During his first five years with the FC David managed timber harvesting and marketing in East England and forest establishment in Wales.
Having a lifelong interest in deer and wildlife, David was seconded to The Deer Initiative (2003-2006), during the initial delivery stage of the DEFRA Deer Action Plan, as the Deer Liaison Officer for the Central England Region.
Spotted on the Isle of Wight in the Newtown Area, a beautiful roe buck as further evidence of the species on the Island - so not a deer free zone.
Sent in by Tim Brayford
12-13 May 2018, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
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